This research examines the process by which refugees and migrants reunite with their family members in Ireland. Family reunification plays a critical role in the successful integration of migrants and refugees in a new country. Additionally, family reunification schemes extend protection to family members in potentially vulnerable circumstances and as such are particularly relevant in the context of the recent refugee and migrant crisis. The report examines developments in family reunification policy in recent years both in the context of refugees and non-refugees. This is a timely and important study as significant changes have been introduced in Ireland which affect, in particular, refugees and their families at a time when legal migration routes to Europe are most needed.
The ESRI works towards a national vision of ‘Informed policy for a better Ireland’. This means producing high-quality analysis to provide robust evidence for policymaking, with the goals of research excellence and policy impact.
The ESRI produces research that contributes to understanding economic and social change in the new international context and that informs public policymaking and civil society in Ireland.